IMPORTANCE: Chromium Picolinate is involved in the metabolism of glucose and is vital in the breakdown of cholesterol, fats, and proteins. It maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization. Keeping blood sugar levels normal is important because high levels of either can cause damaging effects on the cells lining the arteries, which can cause circulation problems that may lead to clogged arteries. It may reduce blood sugar and insulin levels in people with full blown type 2 diabetes. The "Picolinate" form is easily absorbed in the body's cells; helps prevent sugar cravings and sudden drops in energy. It promotes a healthy circulatory system and has been used as a treatment for migraine headaches, psoriasis and acne. It can prevent anxiety and fatigue. Chromium Picolinate is used extensively by athletes and dieters because it promotes fat loss and increases lean muscle tissue.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in glucose intolerance in diabetics; arteriosclerosis, heart disease, depressed growth, obesity, tiredness.